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The FDA Has Issued New Warnings About ACTOS.
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In 1999, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Actos (pioglitazone) for the treatment of Type II Diabetes. Actos is in a class of drugs known as thiazolidinediones. These drugs can increase the body's sensitivity to insulin and help control blood sugar levels. Actos was initially thought to be safer than other drugs in this class such as Avandia, which causes an increased risk of cardiovascular events and Rezulin, which was taken off the market due to an increased risk of drug-induced hepatitis. Actos is the 4th top-selling prescription drug in the United States The manufacturer of Actos, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, earned over $3.3 billion in sales in the U.S. alone in 2010.
INCREASED RISK OF BLADDER CANCER WITH LONG-TERM USE
In 2010, the FDA issued a warning to healthcare providers concerning the possible link between an increased risk of bladder cancer among patients who have taken Actos for longer periods of time, and in patients who have taken higher doses of Actos.
In June 2011, the FDA required the manufacturer of Actos to include new warnings regarding the increase risk of bladder cancer to the label. It has also advised doctors not to use Actos in patients with active bladder cancer and to use caution in patients with a history of bladder cancer.
While France has suspended the use of Actos and Germany has recommended that it not be prescribed to new patients, Actos is still available in the United States.
HOW WE CAN HELP
At the law office of Brad Bradshaw M.D. J.D., we have extensive background, experience and results in medical legal cases. Why should you choose our firm to represent you? We work on cases throughout the United States, with lawyers in various jurisdictions, and seek to obtain what we believe are the best locations to pursue cases for both settlement and litigation. We work with other law firms to try and maximize our clients' recoveries. Additionally, we have successfully litigated and settled other cases involving both dangerous drugs and defective medical devices.
If you believe that you or a loved one were injured after taking Actos, contact our office for a free consultation. Please call us toll free at 888-775-0000. To expedite review of your potential case, you can complete our questionnaire by clicking here. Please wait at least 15 minutes after submitting the questionnaire before contacting our office. Be sure and let us know if you completed the questionnaire.
Press Release from EU Medicines Agency
FDA Safety Communication re: Ongoing Exposure of Actos & Potential Increased Risk of Bladder Cancer
FDA Update to Ongoing Safety Review of Actos & Increased Risk of Bladder Cancer
National Library of Medicine Notice & Warning re: Pioglitazone